Worst organized race kit pick up ever:HBC Canada Day Run

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Postby Jwolf » Sat Jun 28, 2008 9:06 pm

Wow, it seems like it was a bit of a nightmare at the Ottawa site-- we didn't get numbers to wait. The longest part for me was trying on the race shirt for size. I've been to this package pickup site at our Bay for two years before today, and it has always been fine.

As for the pedometers-- they may seem to "work", but they log way more steps than you actually are doing. Just saying.
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Postby Agent Provocateur » Sat Jun 28, 2008 9:55 pm

Woah! I heard about the issues in Ottawa today and I do feel bad for my colleagues out there. We had a few computer issues early in the morning in Winnipeg but we seemed to get through those pretty quickly. Here's hoping tomorrow is smoother!

It's still a great race with great shirts, medals and race kits. Best of all, it's for a wonderful cause.
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Postby lisaannr » Sat Jun 28, 2008 10:56 pm

strider wrote:We've got two, so you can wear them both and walk twice as far. :)


Kinda seems appropriate. :D

Considering taking DD but I won't know until last minute. Hmm.. wonder how bad it'd be on race day. :roll:
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Postby Jwolf » Sat Jun 28, 2008 10:58 pm

lisaannr wrote:
strider wrote:We've got two, so you can wear them both and walk twice as far. :)


Kinda seems appropriate. :D

Considering taking DD but I won't know until last minute. Hmm.. wonder how bad it'd be on race day. :roll:


It shouldn't be too bad, Lisa. If you're doing the 3K or 1K Run with DD, you don't have to arrive too early.
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Postby lxiao » Sun Jun 29, 2008 8:55 am

Jwolf wrote: You can also sign up on race day. The only thing is that the 10K starts 90 minutes before the 1K Kids' Run, so you'll have to have someone else with them.


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Postby Marg » Sun Jun 29, 2008 10:52 am

Much better... I arrived at 10:45 (doors opened at 11). I was first in line. Got in and out in about 5 minutes.

That said, they were still having a few computer glitches and it was really packed and crowded in no time.
I feel bad for the volunteers, they are real troopers.
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Postby Irongirl » Sun Jun 29, 2008 10:56 am

Marg wrote:Much better... I arrived at 10:45 (doors opened at 11). I was first in line. Got in and out in about 5 minutes.

That said, they were still having a few computer glitches and it was really packed and crowded in no time.
I feel bad for the volunteers, they are real troopers.


Is this all at the downtown Bay? (i.e. you also had to pay for parking?!) ;)
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Postby Marg » Sun Jun 29, 2008 11:00 am

Irongirl wrote:
Marg wrote:Much better... I arrived at 10:45 (doors opened at 11). I was first in line. Got in and out in about 5 minutes.

That said, they were still having a few computer glitches and it was really packed and crowded in no time.
I feel bad for the volunteers, they are real troopers.


Is this all at the downtown Bay? (i.e. you also had to pay for parking?!) ;)


Yes, two days of parking downtown and 100km driven. If it weren't for the cause, I would not do this race again.
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Postby Irongirl » Sun Jun 29, 2008 11:06 am

Marg wrote:
Irongirl wrote:
Marg wrote:Much better... I arrived at 10:45 (doors opened at 11). I was first in line. Got in and out in about 5 minutes.

That said, they were still having a few computer glitches and it was really packed and crowded in no time.
I feel bad for the volunteers, they are real troopers.


Is this all at the downtown Bay? (i.e. you also had to pay for parking?!) ;)


Yes, two days of parking downtown and 100km driven. If it weren't for the cause, I would not do this race again.


wow. the 100km is significant as well!

glad to hear that things are running smoother in other cities!
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Postby Jwolf » Sun Jun 29, 2008 11:07 am

Marg wrote:
Irongirl wrote:
Marg wrote:Much better... I arrived at 10:45 (doors opened at 11). I was first in line. Got in and out in about 5 minutes.

That said, they were still having a few computer glitches and it was really packed and crowded in no time.
I feel bad for the volunteers, they are real troopers.


Is this all at the downtown Bay? (i.e. you also had to pay for parking?!) ;)


Yes, two days of parking downtown and 100km driven. If it weren't for the cause, I would not do this race again.


You can also get your race package on-site on race day (during registration) if going downtown is inconvenient. Ours isn't downtown and there's free parking, but it's not great for out-of-towners to have to drive to Vancouver just to get the race package.

I also find it odd that people do this race for the fundraising aspect, though, because very little (if any) of the race fees go to the fundraising. You can fundraise separately and offset your fees, though.
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Postby Jwolf » Sun Jun 29, 2008 2:04 pm

Just to add-- I went back there today to get Steve's race kit, and again, no issues. Doors opened at 11, I got there at about 11:10 and was done in 5 minutes.

Thanks to all the Vancouver volunteers for doing a great job.
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Postby purdy65 » Sun Jun 29, 2008 2:17 pm

Jwolf wrote:Just to add-- I went back there today to get Steve's race kit, and again, no issues. Doors opened at 11, I got there at about 11:10 and was done in 5 minutes.

Thanks to all the Vancouver volunteers for doing a great job.


This was my experience here in Toronto today as well.

Not bad at all!

Shirt even fits :D

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Postby seuss » Sun Jun 29, 2008 2:45 pm

Jwolf wrote:Just to add-- I went back there today to get Steve's race kit, and again, no issues. Doors opened at 11, I got there at about 11:10 and was done in 5 minutes.

Thanks to all the Vancouver volunteers for doing a great job.


shoot - i should have asked you to register me! going tomorrow.
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Postby Run26.2 » Sun Jun 29, 2008 3:16 pm

Irongirl wrote:
Marg wrote:
Irongirl wrote:
Marg wrote:Much better... I arrived at 10:45 (doors opened at 11). I was first in line. Got in and out in about 5 minutes.

That said, they were still having a few computer glitches and it was really packed and crowded in no time.
I feel bad for the volunteers, they are real troopers.


Is this all at the downtown Bay? (i.e. you also had to pay for parking?!) ;)


Yes, two days of parking downtown and 100km driven. If it weren't for the cause, I would not do this race again.


wow. the 100km is significant as well!

glad to hear that things are running smoother in other cities!
Too bad you couldn't pick up your gear at more than one Bay location.....

Since you don't get your shirt/bib number and chip assigned to you until you show up it wouldn't matter which location you went to.....I'm sure HBC in Ottawa could run two locations.......You can buy Sens tickets in many locations across town, why not have two locations for race kit pick-up?

Perhaps on the online registration form they could have which location (downtown or Bayshore perhaps) you'd be planning to pick up your stuff from as well as preferred shirt size to help with the proper distribution of resources.....
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Postby Elanor » Sun Jun 29, 2008 4:27 pm

I went to pick up in ottawa yesterday around 2pmish and it went GREAT! there was a long line but it went smoothly through. 4 computers up and very nice girls (and guy) behind them. so pleasant.

The t-shirt try-on first was fantastic, i really like that aspect as my body is harder to fit. And i LOVE the race-kit contents...the aveeno 55spf is super awesome. if only it would be sunny out

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Postby Sanders » Sun Jun 29, 2008 4:50 pm

No problems in Montreal today at 13:30. Took about five minutes.
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Postby HCcD » Sun Jun 29, 2008 4:58 pm

Marg wrote:
Irongirl wrote:
Marg wrote:Much better... I arrived at 10:45 (doors opened at 11). I was first in line. Got in and out in about 5 minutes.

That said, they were still having a few computer glitches and it was really packed and crowded in no time.
I feel bad for the volunteers, they are real troopers.


Is this all at the downtown Bay? (i.e. you also had to pay for parking?!) ;)


Yes, two days of parking downtown and 100km driven. If it weren't for the cause, I would not do this race again.


I had absolutely no problems / issues getting my race kit ... I was even able to get it delivered to me in person :shifty: :P :wink:

Thanks again, Marg, you're the best :P
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Postby Marg » Sun Jun 29, 2008 6:05 pm

HCiD wrote:
Marg wrote:
Irongirl wrote:
Marg wrote:Much better... I arrived at 10:45 (doors opened at 11). I was first in line. Got in and out in about 5 minutes.

That said, they were still having a few computer glitches and it was really packed and crowded in no time.
I feel bad for the volunteers, they are real troopers.


Is this all at the downtown Bay? (i.e. you also had to pay for parking?!) ;)


Yes, two days of parking downtown and 100km driven. If it weren't for the cause, I would not do this race again.


I had absolutely no problems / issues getting my race kit ... I was even able to get it delivered to me in person :shifty: :P :wink:

Thanks again, Marg, you're the best :P


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Postby purdy65 » Sun Jun 29, 2008 6:13 pm

Marg wrote:
HCiD wrote:
Marg wrote:
Irongirl wrote:
Marg wrote:Much better... I arrived at 10:45 (doors opened at 11). I was first in line. Got in and out in about 5 minutes.

That said, they were still having a few computer glitches and it was really packed and crowded in no time.
I feel bad for the volunteers, they are real troopers.


Is this all at the downtown Bay? (i.e. you also had to pay for parking?!) ;)


Yes, two days of parking downtown and 100km driven. If it weren't for the cause, I would not do this race again.


I had absolutely no problems / issues getting my race kit ... I was even able to get it delivered to me in person :shifty: :P :wink:

Thanks again, Marg, you're the best :P


Payback is Tuesday... :wink:


Hmmm Payback.

I hear a shallonge here. Marg, Andy, we're following the results!

Or is payback of the non-race variety.

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Postby Jwolf » Sun Jun 29, 2008 6:26 pm

seuss wrote:
Jwolf wrote:Just to add-- I went back there today to get Steve's race kit, and again, no issues. Doors opened at 11, I got there at about 11:10 and was done in 5 minutes.

Thanks to all the Vancouver volunteers for doing a great job.


shoot - i should have asked you to register me! going tomorrow.


You can do it there Tuesday-- I thought this is what you were planning. Sorry-- I would have offered. But your kids will like the schwag bag. :)
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Postby lisaannr » Sun Jun 29, 2008 7:32 pm

seuss wrote:
Jwolf wrote:Just to add-- I went back there today to get Steve's race kit, and again, no issues. Doors opened at 11, I got there at about 11:10 and was done in 5 minutes.

Thanks to all the Vancouver volunteers for doing a great job.


shoot - i should have asked you to register me! going tomorrow.


Are you running or the Things? So far just the youngest wants to go, she'll do the 1k. I am not running.
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Postby Marg » Sun Jun 29, 2008 8:48 pm

purdy65 wrote:
Marg wrote:
HCiD wrote:
Marg wrote:
Irongirl wrote:
Marg wrote:Much better... I arrived at 10:45 (doors opened at 11). I was first in line. Got in and out in about 5 minutes.

That said, they were still having a few computer glitches and it was really packed and crowded in no time.
I feel bad for the volunteers, they are real troopers.


Is this all at the downtown Bay? (i.e. you also had to pay for parking?!) ;)


Yes, two days of parking downtown and 100km driven. If it weren't for the cause, I would not do this race again.


I had absolutely no problems / issues getting my race kit ... I was even able to get it delivered to me in person :shifty: :P :wink:

Thanks again, Marg, you're the best :P


Payback is Tuesday... :wink:


Hmmm Payback.

I hear a shallonge here. Marg, Andy, we're following the results!

Or is payback of the non-race variety.

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Postby HCcD » Mon Jun 30, 2008 11:34 am

The shirts, shall we say, are quite generous, as far as sizing is concerned :wink: Men's Medium fits at least like a Large ... but, it does have a zippered pocket on one size ... :P

And, yes, it'll go great with my matching buff or B-Tube as they refer to theirs .. :roll: :wink:
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Postby drghfx » Mon Jun 30, 2008 11:48 am

Elanor wrote:I went to pick up in ottawa yesterday around 2pmish and it went GREAT! there was a long line but it went smoothly through. 4 computers up and very nice girls (and guy) behind them. so pleasant.

The t-shirt try-on first was fantastic, i really like that aspect as my body is harder to fit. And i LOVE the race-kit contents...the aveeno 55spf is super awesome. if only it would be sunny out
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Postby randomgirl » Mon Jun 30, 2008 4:49 pm

No prob for me either in Vancouver. Love the schwag and a key pocket on the shirt too!!! Very cool!!!

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